Court suspends removal of Atwoli, Mugo from NSSF Board

By Sylvester Ruto

Industrial Court Monday suspended a notice by Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi removing COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli and FKE’s boss Jacqueline Mugo from NSSF board pending outcome of a case filed by COTU boss.

Industrial court judge Monicah Mbaru issued the orders after Francis Atwoli sued Kazungu Kambi over the move to de gazette him and Jacqueline Mugo from the board.

In the case filed by Atwoli’s lawyer Judith Guserwa, Atwoli says that Kambi did not notify them as mandated in the constitution and that the move will expose workers’ funds.

Following the reversal of the decision by the Cabinet Secretary, Atwoli has cancelled the workers’ strike which had been planned for August 4th.

Atwoli who spoke to KBC on phone hailed the court ruling saying it is in the interest of justice to the workers of this country.

Separately Activist Charles Omanga has filed a similar case before High court judge Weldon Korir. Korir certified that the matter is agent and will be heard on 23rd this month.

The Cabinet Secretary on Friday revoked the appointments of Atwoli and Ms Mugo from the Board of the NSSF saying the two had served for more than two terms of three years as stipulated in the new NSSF Act.

Earlier, Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi says he will not rescind his decision to retire from the National Social Security Fund Board of Trustees both the COTU representative Francis Atwoli and the Federation of Kenya Employers Executive Director Jacqueline Mugo.

Speaking on Channel One Morning morning, Kambi said the move is aimed at injecting fresh blood on the Board of Trustees of the NSSF that will ensure the mandate of the NSSF adheres to novel trends that respond to current demands in the market place.

He said reforms at the NSSF will not be detered by noises from labour unions that he claims have lost direction.

Quoting the State Corporations Act and the new NSSF Act, the CS urged COTU to nominate a representative to the Board of Trustees to replace Atwoli who he said had already exceeded the two terms of three years as stipulated in the Act.

Kambi said the government is in the process of reviewing the International Labour Organisation – ILO Convention 87 in order to conform with the best practices.

On Friday, Kambi revoked the appointments of Francis Atwoli and Jacqueline Mugo from the Board of the NSSF saying the two had served for more than two terms of three years as stipulated in the new NSSF Act.